Chubby Bunny Six

Chubby Bunny One. You remember the game "Chubby Bunny," where you put an increasing number of marshmallows in your mouth and try to say the words, "Chubby Bunny" followed by the current number of marshmallows in your mouth? Chubby Bunny Two. The game is funny because, quite naturally, the more marshmallows you put in your … Continue reading Chubby Bunny Six

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Pseudonyms for Fun and Profit

  There are many reasons to use a pseudonym, most of them are about protection. Religious figures and social activists often dawn pseudonyms to protect themselves from targeting. Graffiti artists use "handles" to avoid arrest (I see you Robin Gunningham!). Dancers and pornstars have stage names for obvious reasons. Donald J. Trump fabricated "John Barron" and … Continue reading Pseudonyms for Fun and Profit

Default Setting: Distrust or Trust?

Unless you're a completely self-sustainable hermit living a remote life in the mountains, chances are you're going to have to deal with at least one other human being on a daily basis. So when you meet that new person, ask yourself: Is my default setting to trust this person, or not to trust this person? … Continue reading Default Setting: Distrust or Trust?

Be A Good Neighbor

In the wake of the Thomas Fire, now the largest wildfire in California history, neighborhoods and communities are coming together, some for the first time, trying to figure out how to better be prepared for another emergency of this magnitude, asking ourselves collectively, "What could we have done better?" Southern California is expecting another earthquake, … Continue reading Be A Good Neighbor

Revisionist History and Rose-Colored Glasses

We all choose to exercise a little revisionist history when looking back on events from our life. We consciously (or subconsciously, in the case of trauma, for instance) narrow down the "facts" we choose to remember in an attempt to continually reframe the experience in our memories in a positive way. The Romans called this … Continue reading Revisionist History and Rose-Colored Glasses

Photo Set: Northern Ireland

The trip to Northern Ireland was by far the most important part of my trip. I was going to meet a "new" friend, someone I'd written about extensively over the last five months, to interview him and speak with him about the project. This is what I love about writing!  Our adventure started at Waterloo … Continue reading Photo Set: Northern Ireland

Photo Set: Dinan and Paris

We left Saint-Malo and headed toward Paris, not without making a pitstop in Dinan, a beautiful old village along the way. Gorgeous old architecture, and beautiful views!We arrived in Paris at the perfect time, rush hour... which also happened to be happy hour! I booked a bed in the Generator Hostel, located not too far … Continue reading Photo Set: Dinan and Paris

Photo Set: Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is an island commune located approximately a kilometer off the Normandy coast of France, and it looks like a goddamn fairy tale. (It is, nearly, a fairy tale, as the city was the inspiration for the Disney film Tangled.)Part monastery, part fort, part village, Mont Saint-Michel is designed to mirror the feudal system, with … Continue reading Photo Set: Mont Saint-Michel

Photo Set: Saint-Malo, The Walled City

Saint-Malo, located in Brittany, Northwestern France, is a walled port city on the English Channel. A friend of mine read All The Light We Cannot See, which takes place in St. Malo, and convinced us to spend a few days there intra muros... inside the walls. Saint-Malo, a port town, was historically notorious as the home … Continue reading Photo Set: Saint-Malo, The Walled City

Photo Set: Love in the South of France

Last month, I embarked on my first trip to Europe; a whirlwind of love, travel, work, and adventure. It was the trip of a lifetime, which would start in Paris, France, for a best friend's nuptials. I connected with friends after landing at Charles De Gaulle Airport, cohorts heading to the truly destination wedding. Our … Continue reading Photo Set: Love in the South of France